CHAIRMAN of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) South Central Zone Steve “Ras Kommanda” Pascall is defending the price hike for tickets to attend this Saturday’s Calypso Fiesta at Skinner Park, San Fernando.
The ticket price has increased from $250 to $300 because of overhead expenditure, said Pascall.
People have grown accustomed to paying one price but forget that the stakes are much higher each time around, he added.
The event, which begins at midday and is usually sold out, stretches into the night with an after party. It features 40 artistes in competition hoping to make it to the Calypso Monarch finals on Carnival Sunday night.
Pascall said while many continue to complain, people are purchasing tickets.
“People are paying at least $700 for an all-inclusive fete. And the art form (on Saturday) they are making an issue about? It was cheap for all these years, but I realise we don’t like we own. If a reggae artiste come, we will pay big money and not complain to go and see them. But we own culture, we music, is a problem. There are a lot of overheads. We have administrative staff and many other things to cater for. The demands are higher. Our president (Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba) is highly underpaid for the work he does,” Pascall said.
Pascall said other competitions are well financed by the government and calypso continues to struggle to compete on the market.
He said calypsonians are calling on TUCO to raise the stakes in the competition a bit higher.
“They are asking for more money. So all of this people should look at,” Pascall said.